Some North East Phones 4u jobs saved in Dixons Carphone plc deal

39 staff at Phones 4u concessions within North East Currys and PC World stores have been offered jobs there

A Phones 4u store
A Phones 4u store

Dixons Carphone has stepped in to save 39 North East jobs at Phones 4u concessions in Currys and PC World stores in the region.

The multinational retailer, which operates Currys and PC World, announced via twitter that it save around 800 jobs across Phones 4u concessions within the stores.

Phones 4u established the network of 160 UK-wide concessions in July 2010, with what was then Dixons Retail, prior to its merger with Carphone Warehouse.

The deal saves jobs across several North East outlets, including Newcastle, Gateshead, North Shields, Metrocentre, Darlington, Hartlepool and Stockton.

It is not yet clear what roles the former Phones 4u staff will take up under the proposed move.

A tweet from Dixons Carphone on Wednesday afternoon read: “Pleased to confirm we have secured agreement to offer all Phones4U colleagues (circa 800) in our@curryspcworld stores roles​.”

The firm’s chief executive officer, Sebastian James, also tweeted: “V. glad that we have been able to save 800 p4u jobs so far. We will pick up back pay as well. Welcome to the family! More to come we hope.”

On Monday accountancy firm PwC were appointed administrators of the mobile phone retailer, following its collapse due to the withdrawal of key supplier - EE.

On news of EE’s decision at the weekend, David Kassler, chief executive of Phones 4u, said: “A good company making profits of over £100m, employing thousands of decent people has been forced into administration.

“The great service we have provided should have guaranteed a strong future, but unfortunately our network partners have decided otherwise. The ultimate result will be less competition, less choice and higher prices for mobile customers in UK.”

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